Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Ben Sale,  Stevenage, Hertfordshire (11/09/18)

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Black Rustic
Aporophyla nigra

(Haworth, 1809) 2232 / 73.233

General comments:
Widespread resident.

This species was added to the Hertfordshire list from Essendon, in 1937 and a second example was taken at the same locality in 1949. At Totteridge, the Ian Lorimer's first record was made in 1972, after having run the trap in his garden since 1954. There are no more Hertfordshire records until 1994. Since then, this moth has been steadily increasing its range with the year 2000 being the main start point: For example, none in my Bishops Stortford garden from 1987 to 1999, but caught every year from 2000 onwards. Our only larval record is from Hertford Heath West (larvae on Heather on 13th July 2002). Given the dramatic range expansion of this species and the scarcity of Heather, both wild and in gardens, there must be alternative foodplants.

Recorded in 34 (83%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/11/2023120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
27/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
21/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
21/10/2023120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
20/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 17-21mm.
Flight: One generation Sept-Oct.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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